News Scan for Mar 17, 2015

first_imgSaudi Arabia reports another MERS caseSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported a new MERS-CoV case, continuing the steady stream that began early this year.The MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case involves a 73-year-old male Saudi national in Riyadh who is hospitalized in critical condition. He had no recent animal exposure or contact with MERS cases in the community, but possible contact with MERS cases in the healthcare setting is under investigation.He is not a healthcare worker and had preexisting disease, the MOH said.The agency also reported that a 51-year-old male expatriate in Khobar has recovered from the disease. He also is not a health worker and had preexisting disease.The new cases bring the total for March to 38 so far, compared with 75 in all of February. Since 2012 the country has confirmed 958 MERS-CoV cases with 416 deaths. Twenty-five patients are still being treated or are in home isolation, and 517 have recovered.Mar 17 MOH update Feds seek public comment on impact of select agent ruleAs part of a federal review of select agent regulations that began last August, the National Security Council and the White House’s Office of Science Technology and Policy yesterday invited the public to comment on the impact that the current rules have on science, technology, and national security.According to a Federal Register notice, a fast-track committee is reviewing the impacts of the select agent regulations and will weigh options to address challenges and gaps that come out of the feedback. Public comments must be received by 5 pm Eastern time on Mar 30 to be considered.Federal officials are also holding a series of stakeholder listening sessions, the first of which was held on Feb 17.The select agent review comes in the wake of several lab biosafety incidents, and in the federal memo last August announcing a review of policies, federal official asked federal agencies and departments that conduct life sciences research to take immediate and long-term steps to address the underlying causes of recent incidents and to strengthen overall biosafety.Mar 16 White House press release Mar 16 Federal Register notice Aug 29, 2014, CIDRAP News scan on biosecurity reviewlast_img read more

McPhy suspends operations in Italy

first_imgMcPhy said the assembly of electrolysers and production of stacks at its San Miniato site in Tuscany have been temporarily suspended for a month, since 23rd March.The company said its other production sites remain operational to date, with limited resources and strengthened safety conditions.Business continuity plans have been implemented across of McPhy’s sites, in strict compliance with the World Health Organisation’s recommendations and the measures adopted by the authorities in the various countries in which McPhy operates.“The Covid-19 pandemic will have an impact on the Group’s activity and its 2020 prospects, but it is difficult to quantify these impacts at the time of this press release, notably because of the uncertainty regarding the evolution and extent of the pandemic, as well as the duration of the lockdown measures imposed by governments,” McPhy said in a statement.“The Group is currently assessing these impacts and regularly updating its estimates according to the evolution of the health situation, in order to best adapt its business continuity and staff protection measures.”“Within this unprecedented context, cost reductions and the postponement of tax and social security payment deadlines have been implemented, it being specified that the Group is looking at a number of possibilities aimed at anticipating its additional future cash and working capital requirements related to the continuation of the health crisis over the coming months.”“As a reminder, the Group had a cash position of €13m at the end of December 2019.”McPhy said it has confidence in its resilience and the solidity of its corporate project, driven by robust fundamentals and the hydrogen market’s positive outlook, enabling it to cope with the challenges of this pandemic.last_img read more

Create the perfect cheese board in 4 easy steps

first_imgDetermine the right quantity of cheese A delicious assortment of cheeses, paired with the right foods, is a feast for the eyes and the palate. You don’t have to be a professional chef to create a cheese board that looks and tastes like a culinary masterpiece.“For entertaining or just a quiet night at home, you can’t go wrong with a gourmet cheese board,” says Chef Michael Symon, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew,” author of three best-selling cookbooks and owner of several restaurants. “It’s a fast-and-easy appetizer that can make even a novice cook look like a culinary mastermind.”Consider the following as you prepare your next cheese board: If you’re serving it as an hors d’oeuvre, plan for 1 to 1.5 ounces of each cheese type per person. If it’s for a light meal, plan for 2 to 3 ounces per person.2. Purchase multiple cheese stylesFor visual appeal, select an odd number of cheeses, such as three or five, depending on the number of people. Try a variety of cheeses in flavors that complement one another, such as:Aged Havarti: Mild and buttery, this specialty cheese from Castello has a delicate, crystalline structure that forms during its long maturation period, creating a flavorful, crunchy surprise.Brie: Extremely spreadable and creamy, Brie is easy on the palate and pairs with a wide variety of foods.Blue: A full-flavor variety, such as Castello Traditional Danish Blue, has a wonderful “bite,” with characteristically tangy notes of blue balanced by sweet and salty undertones.3. Select gourmet pairingsThe perfect cheese board includes foods that complement and enhance the taste of the cheeses. The best boards have four pairings: A bread item, charcuterie, something sweet and something savory or salty.Breads to consider are flatbread, grilled crostini or baguettes, while great charcuterie options include prosciutto or a pork pâté. For sweets, figs, honey or berry preserves are delicious additions. And for savory and salty pairings, include Marcona almonds, cornichon pickles or Kalamata olives.4. Keep your presentation simple Arrange your cheeses from mildest to strongest, in a clockwise pattern on the board. Be sure to leave space for pairings. Precut half of each cheese on the board, to make it easy for guests to dive in. Set out the cheeses 30 minutes before serving so the flavors fully come to life.Before serving, place pairings on the board in small groups. Lastly, set out one knife per cheese to keep the flavors from mixing together.Brandpointcontent.comlast_img read more

Djokovic Cruises To 4th Wimbledon Open Title Against Kevin Anderson

first_imgFormer world number one Novak Djokovic cruised to his fourth Wimbledon Open title following his straight sets victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa in their final clash on Sunday evening.The 31-year-old outclassed his opponent 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to add another Wimbledon Open title to his cabinet.He has now won four titles at SW19.It is the Serbian’s first Grand Slam title since the 2016 French Open.Novak Djokovic (13) moves into outright fourth place on the all-time list of Grand Slam men’s singles titles ahead of Roy Emerson (12) and behind Pete Sampras (14), Rafael Nadal (17) and Roger Federer (20).He will return back into the top 10 when the latest rankings are released on Monday.Relatedlast_img